What is a parquet board? Parquet is environmentally friendly, reliable and luxurious. And now more to the point – the difference between laminate boards and parquet boards. Every parquet board consists of several layers. The multilayer structure consists of layers glued perpendicularly. This ensures that parquet lasts for many years.
What a parquet board consists of. Let’s start from the top. So, in order to protect the surface from external factors the top layer (i.e. several layers) is made up of special lacquer or oil wax. Next – the so called veneer. For example it can be oak, beech or ash. This layer is approx. 4 mm thick.
The central layer of a parquet board is made of fir or pine. It has a tongue/groove used for joining the board with an adjacent one. This layer is perpendicular to the veneer.
The bottom layer, ensuring the stability of the structure, is made of fir or pine veneer with a thickness of 1-2 mm. The fibres of this layer are arranged along the fibres of valuable wood species of the top layer.
Now let’s focus to the advantages of parquet: Because it is made of natural wood, this type of flooring ensures very good protection against external noise. Furthermore, it does not attract dust. The lacquer or oil wax used in industrial conditions is very durable and harmless to health. It is free of toxic formaldehyde. Parquet can be sanded and restored many times. The thicker the top layer of the board, the more times it can be done. The look of a parquet board is unmatched by any other materials – it is elegant and stylish. Natural wood texture is exceptionally beautiful. Parquet boards are easy to install and maintain. If you have a classic interior, you only need to install parquet boards. This flooring will look great next to a marble fireplace, gilding and plasters, and will blend beautifully with paintings on the walls or antique furniture. Parquet boards will fit in perfectly event if you have a modern interior (modern, created modern technologies). You will always be able to choose and match the parquet to your existing interior design thanks to our wide variety of colours, textures and patterns.
Lacquered or oiled parquet boards: The popularity of oiled parquet boards is rising rapidly because, unlike lacquer, the oil does not form a visible shiny protective film on the surface of the wood, but is absorbed into it and allows the wood to breathe. Oiled surfaces look much more natural than lacquered surfaces and makes rooms cosier. Oiled parquet boards need to be renewed more frequently, but it is very simple and inexpensive, and it isn’t necessary to renovate the entire area, unlike lacquer. Intensively used premises should have oiled parquet boards instead of lacquered ones as they are easier to renovate. Oiled floors do not require sanding – they only need to be cleaned, dried and re-oiled. Finally, going barefoot on oiled floors is much more enjoyable, because they feel like wood – the oil is absorbed and does not form a film on the surface of the wood. Lacquered parquet boards are more popular due to easier maintenance and increased resistance to wear.
Price of the product: ; Everyone thinks that parquet is more expensive than laminate flooring. Although it is not quite true. The manufacturer of the flooring is also important. And the most important thing is what materials it is made of. A lot depends on the class of the laminate flooring. The more resilient the coating, the more expensive it is. So high-quality laminate flooring may even be more expensive than average parquet. Parquet boards may also differ in a lot of aspects. After all, it may have different lacquer coatings and thickness. A lot depends on the species of wood the parquet is produced of. If parquet boards have branches on it, it will not be expensive. But if it is produced from premium wood without a single branch, the price of such parquet can be very high.
SELECT (A class) – solid branches up to 5 mm in diameter located at least 20 mm from the edge of the board is permitted;
NATURE (B class) – solid branches up to 30 mm and loose – up to 10 mm in diameter, of the same colour, located at least 20 mm from the edge of the board is permitted;
RUSTIC (R class) – solid branches up to 60 mm and loose up to 30 mm and with a healthy core in diameter are permitted. Parquet boards are made with a tongue and groove from four sides so they are easy to install and ensure stability. Optionally, the ends may be cut – at right angles (1) or bevelled (2) at an angle of 45 degrees.